Enhance landscape

The Stuttgart region is characterized by diverse landscapes such as orchards on the Albtrauf, vineyards in the river valleys of the Neckar and Rems, farmland on the Filder plain or extensive forests in the Schönbuch and Swabian-Franconian Forest. Not only protect the landscape, but also actively enhance and shape it: This is the basic idea of ​​the Stuttgart Region Landscape Park. The Stuttgart Region Association is committed to protecting and further developing the exceptional landscape diversity. Because it plays a major role in the Stuttgart region's high attractiveness as a residential and business location. This is not just about natural landscapes, but also cultural landscapes such as agricultural areas or industrial heritage. Nature and culture should be made accessible and networked so that residents and visitors to the region enjoy spending time here.

Diverse ideas for characteristic landscape spaces

With the Stuttgart Region Landscape Park, the association has had an effective instrument since 2005 to actively invest in the region's blue-green infrastructure in planning and financial terms together with municipalities and other stakeholders. Together, concrete project ideas were developed for characteristic landscape and recreational areas in order to secure and enhance them in a long-term and multifunctional manner.

For characteristic landscape and recreational areas Master plans created that define overarching priorities for action through to concrete project ideas. The topics vary - from the upgrading and recovery of open spaces to the development and tourism added value of the existing landscape qualities.

To date, seven master plans have been developed; Another one for the Filder plain was created on the initiative of the local municipalities, closely based on that of the Stuttgart Region Association. The individual landscape areas are highlighted below.

©Stuttgart Region Association Map of the Stuttgart region with natural areas: rivers, cities, master plans

From the Albtrauf to the Rems

©Remstal Tourismus eV – Heiko Potthoff View from Kleinheppacher Kopf
Characteristic landscape areas should be protected and further developed.

The Remstal offers a wide range of nature and landscape-related local recreation options. What connects the region is the Rems, along which the communities and sights are lined up like a string of pearls. In recent years, the cycling and hiking trail network has been gradually expanded and networked, and the course of the river has been made easier to experience and ecologically enhanced in many places. The inter-municipal Remstal Garden Show 2019 was also an important source of inspiration for this.

The Neckar is not just a transport route - it combines a contrasting mix of nature and culture, tradition and technology, history and future developments. Between many larger and smaller towns and villages, industrial areas and transport buildings, characteristic landscapes characterize the image of the river - terraced steep vineyards, orchards and field landscapes. The aim is for the Neckar to regain its quality as a local recreation and natural area.

Deeply cut ridges and gorges, wildly romantic streams and waterfalls, gentle hills and orchards and idyllic lakes characterize it Swabian forest. At every turn you come across remains of the Roman border fortification Limes, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. These scenic charms and historical traces form the basis for the further development of nature and landscape.

The night eaves characterizes an idyllic landscape, to which Eduard Mörike created a literary monument with his expression of the “Blue Wall”. This impressive natural and cultural landscape is complemented by sparse beech forests, orchards in the Alb foothills and extensive juniper heaths at the heights - the typical landscape areas should be further developed carefully and in an ecologically compatible manner.

The contrasting river covers around 63 kilometers of river Filstal - from the natural and rural upper reaches to the heavily industrialized and densely populated lower reaches. Numerous relics and evidence provide evidence of early industrialization. The Industrial Heritage Route In the Filstal, a cycle route brings this industrial past and present into awareness - it forms the backbone for further upgrading.

Wine, water, forest and fruit – characterize the small-scale and varied natural and cultural landscape Murr and Bottwartal. Future leisure and adventure offerings will build on these special landscape features in order to sustainably leverage this great potential and make it tangible for different target and age groups.

The beautiful book is one of the preferred local recreation areas in the Stuttgart region. The special charm of this predominantly forested landscape lies in its internal, small-scale structure through ridges and gorges, streams and river valleys. The aim is to further develop the existing leisure activities through “lighthouse projects” in selected locations and to preserve the unique natural areas as best as possible by guiding visitors.

©Böblingen District Office – Andreas SpornDistrict Office Böblingen Tower
Nature and culture should be accessible and networked with each other.

Further information

The Stuttgart Region Association provides comprehensive information about the various
Master plans and projects of the Stuttgart region landscape park.